Cover letter format

Statistics say that writing a cover letter is even harder than writing a resume. Your cover letter has to say all the right things, and it has to say them quickly. Even more, it needs to persuade the reader to want to get to know you better. If it fails to do this, you’ll have no chance of having your resume reviewed, let alone of getting an interview.

Writing a cover letter is an art form, and the team at RedStarResume has perfected this through years of experience in writing and recruitment. We’ll make sure your resume gets read.


The cover letter is an introductory note and conveys the objective of writing along with a few specific career highlights. The style of communication in the cover letter plays a vital role during the screening process. An impressive note pushes the reader to read more in your resume. Ensuring appropriate format for your cover letter is the first step to a successful application.


The objective should be very clear in the cover letter. A professionally sound cover letter has the following features:

  • Be very concise; put only relevant information. A single page cover letter is recommended.
  • Customize it as per the requirement of the employer and the job profile. A cover letter format is generally divided into three parts: Salutation and opening, introduction and brief, conclusion and closing.
    • Salutation and opening address the person and the purpose of communication, being ‘job application’ here.
    • Introduction and brief is a short summary that brings forward relevant information regarding professional life. It explains your eligibility and competence towards the job prospect.
    • Conclusion and closing is the final note that projects the resolve and courtesy and provides contact information for further communication.
  • Make sure you do not repeat content from your resume. Put forward unique points with references to content from the resume.
  • Conclude with an optimistic outlook.
  • Give a call to action by clearly providing your email address and contact information with a positive closing note.

A well-formatted cover letter with sensible content projects a lot of positive vibes towards the job application. Choosing the right cover letter format saves a lot of time and effort and also lays a basic guideline to customize your job application to its specific needs. Creating a good impression in the first contact makes the further steps easier. So give your cover letter a little time and effort and start preparing for that interview!